Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint essential oilMentha piperata, steam distilled from the leaves, is a strong, minty fresh oil with cooling, refreshing, and deodorant properties. Peppermint leaves have been found in Egyptian pyramids dating as far back as 1000 BC. Peppermint is one of the world's oldest medicinal herbs, and it is also one of the most versatile. Peppermint has antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. The natural menthol and rosmarinic acid in peppermint contribute to its anti-inflammatory and antiviral qualities. 

Peppermint acts as an astringent that closes pores and tightens skin. The cooling power of peppermint comes from the high percentage of menthol in its leaves. Since it both stimulates nerve endings and increases local blood flow when used topically in a salve or massage oil it has both cooling and warming sensations which may help ease headaches, muscle aches, and inflammation. Peppermint oil is great for oily skin and the antibacterial qualities can calm breakouts. It has also traditionally been used as a cooling chest rub to relieve congestion. 

In hair care products, peppermint refreshes and stimulates the scalp promoting blood circulation which stimulates growth.  Its cooling menthol content also makes it an excellent remedy for itching and dryness.

Aromatherapy Properties: The uplifting, invigorating, and stimulating scent helps promote concentration and memory, awakens and refreshes the senses, soothe feelings of irritability, boost energy, and enhance mental focus. It helps relieve mental fatigue, apathy, feelings of nervous tension, headaches, and depression.

Keep diluted peppermint essential oil or a sliver of peppermint soap in your car when traveling, the scent of peppermint is excellent for stuffy heads, headaches, motion sickness, and nausea. Some find that rubbing small amounts (in a carrier oil) behind the ear may also help ease the feelings of motion sickness and nausea.


Pregnancy: We do not provide information on the safety of essential oils during pregnancy because the available information is very ambiguous and often contradictory. If you’re interested in using essential oils during pregnancy, please do your own research and consult your doctor, midwife, or health care professional before use.

Precautions: If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, have a medical condition, or any have medical concerns regarding yourself or your family consult a qualified, licensed health professional prior to use. For external use only. Keep away from eyes and mucous membranes. Keep out of reach of children.

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